Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas & Easter: Alt Carols

Contributed by: Diocese of Auckland

Some more fresh new Christmas music for your ears... and all your Christmas services and events too! Thanks to St Paul's in Auckland, here's a compilation of carols lovingly rewritten and performed by various kiwi artists.
Find the latest album on Spotify:... See more

Christmas & Easter: Advent Illustrations

Beautiful and uniquely New Zealand Advent illustrations have been created by Annelies Berends and the team at Strandz. Perfect for Advent services and creative Christmas activities, there are four black and white illustrations:

Christmas & Easter: This is the Day (Te Rangimarie)

Contributed by: Diocese of Auckland

A brand new song for Christmas that celebrates the peace of Christ and reflects our incredible kiwi spirit in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy. This is the Day (Te Rangimarie) was written by Josh Jones, an Anglican minister in the Diocese of Auckland.
About the song, Josh says "The awesome... See more

Community Builders: Jesus Connections

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people get a chance to think about Jesus, and practice talking about Jesus, by selecting two Jesus cards and describing the connection they see between the two. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple... See more

How To: Saying thanks

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

The end of the year is a great opportunity to say thank you to your leaders for all they have done throughout the year.
Here are some ways to say a big 'thank you' and to help them know how much they are appreciated:

Teaching Games: Christmas Pass the Parcel

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This twist on Pass the Parcel is a fun way to tell the Christmas story and reflect on God’s gift of love in Jesus. Our young people really enjoyed this. Our churched young people appreciated hearing a familiar story in a fresh way, and our ‘community’ kids had a fun introduction to a side of... See more

Teaching Games: Big Christmas Quizzer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This is a Christmas Quiz of epic proportions. See how much you really know about Christmas with this massive series of Christmas quizzes covering Global Traditions, Kiwi Christmas, Most Expensive Toys, Christmas Carols,  All About Jesus, and a good old True & False section as... See more

Social Events: A Midwinter Christmas

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Winter games + Christmas games + a Christmas message + presents: a midwinter Christmas is a winning combination.
Why not celebrate Christmas twice a year?
Decorate your area as a winter wonderland (e.g. paper snowflakes, polystyrene balls, white/blue/silver streamers) and... See more

Senior Youth: Man of Steel Mirrors Jesus

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Since his creation, it has been said that Superman is a type of Christ figure. For example, his heavenly Kryptonian father sends his only son to earth as a baby. Also, Superman is 33 years old when he finally reveals his great powers to the world -- the same age as Jesus when he went to the... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Pictionary

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Teams gather round a table with 10 pieces of paper each.
In turn, a person from each team is shown one of the Christmas phrases below (or make up others) and has to draw it while the rest of their team try and guess what the phrase is.
With larger groups use two whiteboards back to back... See more

Talks: A Brother Like That

A friend of mine named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street boy was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Carol Sing-off

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Divide into groups of 3-5. Give each group a few minutes to make a list of as many Christmas Carols as they can think of.
After time is called, each group takes turns singing a few lines of one of the Christmas Carols on their list. No group can sing a Carol already sung by another group. If... See more

Hooks: Better than Santa

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

This is a reworked version of 'Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus', with an added activity for you to use with it.
Why Jesus is Better than Santa Claus
Santa lives at the North Pole...
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa comes but once a year...
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa... See more

Teaching Games: Human Christmas Tree

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

For this game, divide your group into teams of four or five: one person will be the 'Christmas tree' and the others will be the decorators.
Our youth group loved it when they got to decorate the leaders. And yes, this is me covered in tinsel in the photo!
Give each team a decorating kit,... See more

Christmas & Easter: Mary’s Prayer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Use this imaginary account of Mary praying for her baby, Jesus, either as a reading or as a dramatic monologue in a service with someone dressed as Mary on a dimly lit stage holding a 'baby' by a straw filled manger.  Based on Mary's Prayer from "It Began in a Manger" by Max Lucado.
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Social Justice & Outreach: Cookin’ Up Some Love

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Does your youth group love food? (What group doesn't?!) Here are a few ideas to use their love of food to bless their local community.
Does your church have a freezer of pre-prepared meals ready to go for families that have a crisis and need some time off cooking? If so, spend an evening with... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Quiz

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Here are two multiple choice quizzes: one is based on the Gospel account of Christmas, the other is based on all the wordly add-ons. See which one people do better in!
All the questions and answers for both quizzes are below, or you can download and print the Question and Answer Sheets... See more